The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has renewed its endorsement of a Trinity Health program that helps people make lifestyle changes with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.
Trinity’s Center for Diabetes Education recently received a Certificate of CDC Full Recognition for its “Weigh 2 Change” program, which helps people at risk for prediabetes take control of their health through nutrition, exercise, group support, and assistance from lifestyle experts.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Michelle Fundingsland, RDN, LRD, says renewed recognition can be attributed to the program’s successful track record. “After a program receives full recognition there are data reporting requirements that must be met to maintain full recognition,” she said. “Essentially we were able to document that our program has helped participants make significant lifestyle changes that improve their health and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.”
It’s estimated that 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes – defined by the CDC as a person with a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Risk factors include being overweight and inactive, and having a family history of diabetes. Research shows that people can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by losing weight and exercising moderately.
People interested in participating in Weigh 2 Change may attend one of two free “Session Zero” meetings January 8 or 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center. Kayla Cole, RDN, LRD, who will lead the next round of sessions, says the purpose of the meetings is to learn about the program and decide whether it is right for them.